Death Penalty

  • Kaye Scholer welcomes you to Flori-duh!

    Biglaw, Death Penalty, Guns / Firearms, Job Searches, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Outsourcing, Partner Issues, Securities Law

    Morning Docket: 04.02.13

    * It looks like it’s time for yet another rousing game of Biglaw musical chairs. This time, 11 of Bingham McCutchen’s securities enforcement partners are hightailing it over to Sidley Austin en masse. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * This week in on-shore outsourcing: there may be a job waiting for you at Kaye Scholer’s new operations center (so new we bet you didn’t know about it), so hurry up and apply, because the interviews are soon. [Tallahassee Democrat]

    * “We’re trained in the law and persuasion, not firearms.” But maybe you should be? After the targeted killing of attorneys in Texas, prosecutors are now on high alert. [New York Times]

    * When looking at the current law school model, Paul Caron of TaxProf Blog urges law deans to take advice from Jimmy McMillan because “law school tuition is simply too damn high.” [Businessweek]

    * Change our admissions practices amid the worst legal economy we’ve seen in decades? “Ain’t nobody got time for that,” scoffed Sarah Zearfoss, director of admissions at Michigan Law. [AnnArbor.com]

    * Drexel Law will accept applications for its two-year law degree program in May 2014. The higher-ups at the ABA are scheduled to laugh their asses off on or about the same date. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * “[F]or James Eagan Holmes, justice is death.” In a move that shocked absolutely no one, the prosecution in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre case is seeking the death penalty. [CNN]

    1 Comment / / Apr 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • dude-dell

    Alston & Bird, Banking Law, Biglaw, Crime, Death Penalty, Gay, Gay Marriage, Ho-Love, JPMorgan Chase, Morning Docket, Paul Clement, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Violence, You Go Girl

    Morning Docket: 03.28.13

    * Based on the justices’ reactions during oral arguments in Windsor v. U.S., there was no defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Not even the Paul Clement, the patron saint of conservative causes could save the day. [New York Times]

    * Alas, the David Boies and Ted Olson Dream Team stole much of the spotlight from Roberta Kaplan, the Paul Weiss partner who argued on behalf of Edith Windsor in an effort to overturn DOMA. Seriously, you go girl! [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Dude, you’re getting a Dell! Alston & Bird and Kirkland & Ellis are the latest firms to join the Biglaw sharks (including Ho-Love, Debevoise, Wachtell, SullCrom, and Simpson Thacher) circling this major tech buyout. [Am Law Daily]

    * It looks like it’s time for JPMorgan to face the music for its investments in Lehman Brothers, because a federal judge just ruled that the bank cannot “dispatch plaintiff’s claims to the waste bin.” [Reuters]

    * An alleged killer’s sense of mortality: James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shooting, offered to plead guilty and spend life in prison in order to avoid the death penalty. [CNN]

    1 Comment / / Mar 28, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • GameOfThrones_S1_DVD

    Biglaw, Death Penalty, Non-Sequiturs, pls hndle thx, Rape, Richard Epstein

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.20.13

    * Saudi Arabia may soon end beheadings because they’re running out of swordsmen. Poor Ned Stark… if he’d just held out a little longer. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Professor Richard Epstein held an AMA (“Ask Me Anything” if you’re behind on the modern lingo of the Interwebs) on Reddit this morning. Mercifully, “Boxers of Briefs?” wasn’t asked. [Reddit]

    * It may have taken awhile for Steubenville, Ohio to get its priorities straight, but Attorney General Mike DeWine is finally saying the right things, “Let me be clear. Threatening a teenage rape victim will not be tolerated. If anyone makes a threat verbally or via the Internet, we will take it seriously, we will find you, and we will arrest you.” [Jezebel]

    * Is the legal industry ready to seize the future? [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * If you have any questions you’d like to see addressed by our crack advice team at Pls Hndle Thx, send them to advice@abovethelaw.com. [Above the Law]

    * David Bernstein posted this clever video about Passover to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody over at Volokh Conspiracy. You can watch it after the jump….

    7 Comments / / Mar 20, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • Debra Milke RF Arizona version of Casey Anthony

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Benchslaps, Crime, Death Penalty, Deaths, Federal Judges, Murder, Police, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Reverse Benchslap of the Day: Arizona Attorney General Predicts SCOTUS Smackdown of Ninth Circuit

    Who is Debra Milke, and why is she sometimes called “Casey Anthony’s Arizona sister”?

    10 Comments / / Mar 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM
  • Chief Judge Alex Kozinski speaking at Yale Law School last year.

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Benchslaps, Crime, Death Penalty, Deaths, Federal Judges, Murder, Police, Videos

    Benchslap of the Day: Kozinski & Co. Overturn a Murder Conviction

    Can you believe the egregious Brady violations in this case? The Ninth Circuit barely could, it seems….

    24 Comments / / Mar 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM
  • She didn't want to be a 'sexytary.'

    Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Death Penalty, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Federal Judges, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Small Law Firms

    Morning Docket: 02.20.13

    * Should the mentally disabled receive the death penalty? Neither SCOTUS nor Georgia’s Supreme Court stayed Warren Lee Hill’s execution, but the Eleventh Circuit saved the day. [Washington Post]

    * If you’re looking for a mishmosh of Biglaw news, from new offices to new hires to new firm leaders, then look no further. If only this list were in alphabetical order! [Law Firm Insider / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Dewey know why this partner who was sued by Barclays in the U.K. over his capital loan is suing the bank in the U.S.? It involves an alleged fraud and Joel Sanders. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * So much for that “silly sideshow”: Judge Richard Sullivan of the S.D.N.Y. hasn’t made a ruling in the Greenlight case yet, but he says David Einhorn may have a “likelihood of success on the merits” if the matter proceeds further. [Bloomberg]

    * One of the partners at this small law firm apparently watched Secretary a few too many times, and he’s now accused of threatening to “whip” his ex-assistant into shape because she was a “bad girl.” [New York Post]

    * The University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law named an interim successor to former dean Hiram Chodosh, but we can’t say he’s a law dean hottie. He looks like Van Pelt from Jumanji. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law will house the first clinic in the nation devoted to pardons and the law. It figures that a religious school would focus on legal Hail Marys. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Career alternatives for law school dropouts: mining magnate and financier of the Titanic II. Much like the value proposition of going to law school for today’s generation, this idea is unsinkable. [New York Times]

    * Prosecutors have upgraded the charge against Oscar Pistorius to premeditated murder, and one could now say the track star doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to being released on bail pending trial. [CNN]

    * D is for… divorce? Sesame Street is talking about divorce in a way that children can understand, but alas, the series neglects important topics like “why mommy is a whore” and “why daddy drinks.” [Law Firm Newswire]

    4 Comments / / Feb 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • feinstein

    Death Penalty, Dianne Feinstein, Guns / Firearms, John Roberts, Judicial Nominations, Samuel Alito

    Dianne Feinstein Movin’ On Up

    Dianne Feinstein is taking over the Judiciary Committee — what’s her record on legal issues?

    5 Comments / / Dec 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM
  • Trolls!

    Death Penalty, Election Law, Food, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Religion, Wall Street

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.06.12

    * If you swap out a menorah and put in a dreidel, does your Hanukkah display avoid violating the Establishment Clause? I know, I know, WAR ON HANUKKAH. [Huffington Post]

    * I wonder why Martha Minow (law dean, HLS) or Robert Post (law dean, YLS) doesn’t write an op-ed defending the value proposition of going to law school? Wouldn’t you like to hear this argument from somebody who isn’t desperate to fill their class seats? [Constitutional Daily]

    * Isn’t the concept of the “last meal” the best thing about death row? Granted, that’s a low bar, but still. Having a last meal sounds so civilized. No wonder Texas and Florida want to take it away. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * Do patent trolls have a weakness to fire, just like videogame trolls? Because, I’d like for them to get burned. [Business Insider]

    * The fact that voter suppression doesn’t work doesn’t make it right. [Election Law Blog]

    * Ignoring losses until they go away sounds like the basis of any sound financial strategy. [Dealbreaker]

    2 Comments / / Dec 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM
  • Proven security, but maybe not from murder charges.

    Death Penalty, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Sex, Sex Scandals, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.13.12

    * Okay, okay, I’ll upgrade my McAfee virus protection, just please don’t kill me. [Fox News]

    * Elmo likes to talk dirty? [TMZ]

    * Progress would involve getting cops to stop beating people up just for fun. [Simple Justice]

    * James Dolan, already one of the worst owners in professional sports, is now sticking to the letter of the Cablevision contract and requiring customers to call in to tell them when Sandy knocked out their service if they want a refund. [Gawker]

    * The Electric Chair movie sounds horrifying, but so does the death penalty. [Underdog]

    * Check out Avvo Ignite, an exciting new client conversion and website solution for attorneys. [Avvo Ignite via Law Technology News]

    * Check me out on this podcast and hear my passionate and slightly drunken defense of David Petraeus. I do not think that there is an epidemic of generals being blackmailed over their affairs. [Recess Appointments]

    4 Comments / / Nov 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM
  • gay-marriage-2-grooms-small

    9th Circuit, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Election Law, Gay, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.29.12

    * A Hurricane Sandy survival guide. Key components? Food, water, booze, and prophylactics. Who’s ready for a hurricane Halloween party? [FindLaw]

    * California’s longest serving death-row inmate just got his sentence set aside by the Ninth Circuit. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A few days before Thanksgiving, SCOTUS will decide whether to hear the Prop. 8 and DOMA cases. Happy holidays? [American Foundation for Equal Rights]

    * Sometimes the most effective self-defense weapon isn’t a gun, it’s a pot of soup. [Consumerist]

    * Harold Koh, former Yale Law School dean and current legal adviser to the State Department, sits down for a Legally Speaking interview at UC Hastings. [California Lawyer]

    * Additional thoughts, this time from Professor Eugene Volokh, on employers urging employees to vote a certain way. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    2 Comments / / Oct 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM
  • Judge Susan Graber

    9th Circuit, Crime, Death Penalty, Marsha Berzon, Murder, Quote of the Day, Susan Graber

    Quote of the Day: Judges Aren’t Robots, You Know

    The Ninth Circuit reiterates that being a human being with life experiences doesn’t disqualify you from being a judge.

    8 Comments / / Sep 28, 2012 at 3:44 PM
  • bored

    11th Circuit, Death Penalty, Drinking, Federal Judges, Murder

    This Federal Judge Wants Shorter Legal Opinions; We Heartily Concur

    This federal appeals court ruling covers quite a range of topics: alcohol abuse, capital murder, Mark Twain, and most importantly, overly long legal opinions.

    13 Comments / / Sep 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM
  • 'This is much worse than my 72-day marriage.'

    Art, Celebrities, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Election Law, Job Searches, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Morning Docket, Police, Politics, SCOTUS, STDs, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 09.04.12

    * Want to know what they call the Supreme Court attorney who deals with requests for stays of execution? The death clerk. Paging John Grisham, because this guy’s nickname would make a great book title. [New York Times]

    * “If you’re going to sue, it’s better to sue earlier rather than later.” Probably why battleground states like Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are in a tizzy over their election laws. [Washington Post]

    * WikiLeaks or it didn’t happen: Bradley Manning’s lawyer has demanded that seven years be cut from his client’s prospective sentence due to allegations of improper treatment while in military custody. [The Guardian]

    * Michigan Law’s Sarah Zearfoss, she of Wolverine Scholars fame, finds media coverage about the awful job market for recent law grads “really frustrating.” Try being unemployed. [Crain’s Detroit Business (reg. req.)]

    * Kris Humphries is being sued for allegedly giving a girl herpes. But alas, the plaintiff seems to have no idea who actually gave her the herp — four John Doe defendants are identified in the complaint, too. [Star Tribune]

    * “Given the police idiocy, one wonders where the boobs really are.” A nude model who was arrested during a body-painting exhibition in Times Square won a $15K false-arrest settlement from the cops. [New York Post]

    6 Comments / / Sep 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM
  • Chicago

    American Bar Association / ABA, Death Penalty, Election 2012, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, R. Ted Cruz, Texas

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.01.12

    * The ABA is gearing up for its annual meeting in Chicago. I’ll note (with a lack of surprise) that I was not invited. [ABA Journal]

    * At that meeting, the ABA will once again consider accrediting foreign law schools. American lawyers have shouted down this idea twice before, but if the ABA has a chance to screw over its constituents it simply must keep trying. [National Law Journal]

    * Here, we see NYU’s Dean Richard Revesz defend the economic value of an “expensive” NYU Law degree without actually using any economic facts or statistics. [Constitutional Daily]

    * Please tell me this Ted Cruz character isn’t going to become an ongoing part of my life. [Mother Jones]

    * Only lawyers could complicate the word “shall” to the point that it loses all meaning. [Legal Blog Watch]

    * I thought casinos killed you with the expensive gambling, not the free alcohol. [Overlawyered]

    * Another positive review for Mark Hermann’s Inside Straight. [New York Personal Injury Law Blog]

    * An interesting conversation with NYU professor David Garland about the death penalty. It won’t kill you to check it out. [Cruel and Unusual]

    9 Comments / / Aug 1, 2012 at 6:07 PM
  • mike bloomberg nanny

    Cars, Death Penalty, Depositions, Drinking, Guns / Firearms, Kids, Murder, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Police, Sex, Television, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.24.12

    * Will consultation with victims’ families determine whether James Holmes deserves the death penalty? You could probably consult with a wall to make that determination and get the same result. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Just like that, with incredible ninja-like speed, someone has already filed a negligence suit against the Aurora Century 16 Theater where the shootings took place. [Gawker]

    * And no, sorry to disappoint you, but notwithstanding his self-admitted teeny peeny, we don’t think that James Holmes decided to go on a shooting spree because he got rejected by a few women on Adult Friend Finder. [Jezebel]

    * While we’re talking about gun violence, Mike Bloomberg has got a great idea: all police officers should go on strike until legislators push through stricter gun laws. How is a nanny state supposed to work properly when all the governesses are off duty? [Gothamist]

    * Knowledge is power in the hands of a client, especially when the knowledge you’ve given them is just another tool to piss off opposing counsel during a deposition. [Popehat]

    * Personal responsibility fail: allowing your 13-year-old to drive you home because you’re wasted. Fathering fail: believing that was a good idea in the first place. [Legal Juice]

    * A fake TV show starring a wheelchair-bound paraplegic paralegal? You know you’d watch this. [The Onion]

    2 Comments / / Jul 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM
  • Holmes Daily News cover

    Crime, Death Penalty, Murder

    Did James Holmes Draw a ‘Hanging’ Prosecutor?

    Will the punishment for suspected shooter James Holmes have more to do with the prosecutor than with his alleged crimes?

    35 Comments / / Jul 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM
  • This is your brain on drugs in Singapore.

    Asians, Crime, Death Penalty, Drugs, Sentencing Law

    Singapore To ‘Relax’ Death Penalty Standards, But Death Might Be Preferable To Singapore’s Version of Humane Treatment

    Singapore’s definition of “relaxed” punishment is still pretty intense…

    45 Comments / / Jul 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
  • Stephen McDaniel small

    Bail, Crime, Deaths, Murder, Pranks, Screw-Ups, Violence

    Good News and Bad News for Stephen McDaniel, Recent Law School Grad Accused of Murder

    Remember the creepy message board posting attributed by prosecutors to Stephen McDaniel, the recent Mercer Law School graduate accused of murder? It seems he didn’t write it (you heard it here first)….

    23 Comments / / Jun 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM